The Dinosaur Feather

The Dinosaur Feather


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The Dinosaur Feather by S.J. Gazan

Selected by NPR's Maureen Corrigan and The Wall Street Journal's Tom Nolan as one of the best mysteries of the year, Gazan's The Dinosaur Feather—which the Financial Times called "outrageously entertaining"—is a classic of modern Scandinavian noir.

With keenly observed and deeply flawed characters, this scintillating thriller revolves around the controversial and fascinating connections between dinosaur and avian evolution. Biology postgraduate, PhD hopeful, and single mom Anna Bella Nor is just two weeks away from defending her thesis on the saurian origin of birds when her academic supervisor, the highly respected yet widely despised Dr. Lars Helland, is found dead in his office chair at the University of Copenhagen. The police discover a copy of Anna's thesis in the dead man's bloody lap.

When the autopsy suggests that Helland was murdered in a fiendishly ingenious way, brilliant but tormented young Police Superintendent Soren Marhauge is called to investigate. As he begins the daunting task of unraveling the knotted skeins of interpersonal and intellectual intrigue among the scientists at the university, his own troubled past begins to complicate the case.

Everyone involved with the investigation—from Anna Bella Nor to Helland's numerous academic rivals to Marhauge's own ex-wife, who is pregnant with her current husband's child—has something to hide, muddying the investigation and presenting the detective with the greatest professional and personal challenge of his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623658588
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 11/04/2014
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 1,221,991
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Sissel-Jo Gazan is a biology graduate from the University of Copenhagen. The Dinosaur Feather was her breakthrough novel and was named the Danish Novel of the Decade. The second book in the Soren Marhauge investigations is The Arc of the Swallow. Gazan lives in Berlin.

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The Dinosaur Feather 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this book, however could have done with MUCH less technical detail!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A host of characters and their personal problems contribute to provide a riveting mystery. A most enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent, interesting book with unique characters and different, but believable plot twists!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really bad. This book saved me a lot of time and money because it's so awful. If this is the epitome of modern Danish noir, as I've read, then I don't need to read any more of it. The writing is clunk and wooden; I don't know if that's true in the original, or just this translation. There's not a single likable character in the book, other than a few very minor players. Anna Belle is one of the most irritating protagonists I've ever read: her only emotion is anger, and her only mode of expression is screaming. The author wants you to think she is a good person underneath, but I can't see it. The detective doesn't actually solve the mystery! And the mysteries themselves are uninteresting and the solutions very unsatisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Editing poorly for American reader. Bounces from character to character with no seeming connection. And of course scandinavian towns and names are odd to our thought process
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very unusual and literary book! Written by someone with great passion in paleontology, which is infectious!
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Maybe this was just a bad translation, but I was really disappointed in this book. The Washington Post gave it a glowing review so I bought it--the discussions science theories were interesting, though.